Potted history of shoemakers L.B. Evans paraphrased from their site;
In 1804, Thomas and Amos Evans ran a shoe business attached to their general store in South Reading, VT. There was no factory, just a small shop where Thomas and Amos cut leather parts for their shoes.Fast forward two centuries, now L.B. Evans is operated as a division of Daniel Green Enterprises, which itself has a fenceposty backstory...
While Thomas and Amos supplied all the uppers, soles, counters, and heels, the shoe making process was farmed out among local citizens. Shoemaker-farmers assembled the shoes, sewing by hand whenever spare time could be found.
The shoemaker-farmers traded at the Evans’ general store, and according to the records, it seems most transactions were handled via barter of goods for services rendered and vice versa. In fact, a cash payment to each shoemaker happened only every six months. The Evans’ store customers also settled their accounts every six months and little cash was involved here as well.
Long/short had been admiring some of Pops' Peal&Co. slippers made for Brooks Bros., and I swear they were still available at Brooks till recently, but I look now and that exact item is gone. The L.B. Evans Radio Tyme slipper above will have to sub in... Sidenote: check these guady/great Peal&Co. Christmas party specials.